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Postdoctoral Scholar, Evaluate plant moisture status, ecophysiology, and flammability

Recruitment Period

Open date: June 5th, 2019
Last review date: Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is seeking a postdoctoral position that evaluating plant moisture status, ecophysiology, and flammability characteristics of different species of plants across California.
In particular, this project aims to quantify combustion-related information (e.g., time to ignition, heat released) of plant material in different states of drought stress, to explore the ecophysiological basis for differences in flammability at the scale of leaves to individual plants; seasonal patterns of water status and plant chemistry will also be assessed.
Position will involve using plant ecophysiological tools (e.g., pressure bombs for water status and PV curves, gas exchange machine), modifying and using a flammability chamber, statistical modeling and analysis techniques, publishing research results in peer-reviewed journal articles, and proposal development.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent), except the dissertation, in plant ecology, geography or related field at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications: PhD conferral at the time of appointment required. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, as evidenced by their application materials and interviews.

Preferred Qualifications: Strong spatial data processing and analytical modeling skills; very strong quantitative and python or R skills required. Training and experience in spatial analysis and geographic information systems is important, as is knowledge of ecohydrology and fire ecology. Ability to work independently and as part of a larger team.

This is a full time position located at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of subsequent extension based on performance and availability of funding. Anticipated start date July 1st, 2019. For primary consideration apply by June 19th, 2019 .Position is open until filled. To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, statement of research, minimum of 3 references (contact information only) to: Email Max Moritz ( for questions regarding the position.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)